France was the country where Jan and I experienced our very first naturist holiday at Euronat. What an experience it was!
Since then we have taken gite, camping and chalet holidays, with friends, with Harry and by ourselves.
We have stayed on the rugged Atlantic coastline, in the more mellow wine regions, in Provence and overlooking the Dordogne. This emphasises the wide range of naturist holidays available in this beautiful country.
These experiences plus the wonderful climate explains why we eventually decided to live in the rural and unspoiled Charente region of France.
If it is a coastal holiday you are looking for then there is a good range of excellent campsites.
In the Vendee there is Cap Nature situated in the forest by St.Hilaire de Riez.
In the Medoc region you have Euronat (read about our 2006 holiday), just down the coast is Montalivet (read about our 2007 holiday) and then further south is La Jenny which is just up from the Bay of Arcachon.
Moving down south of Bordeaux to the forested Landes region you will discover the naturist village of Arnaoutchot (Harry's first naturist holiday 2002 aged four) and where we have spent many holidays since!
In the Mediterranean there are various naturist islands such as the Ile du Levant and Corsica, which boasts the longest naturist beach in Europe.
In the Languedoc-Roussillon area of the Mediterranean you have the infamous Cap d'Agde.
Natureva Spa is the place to pamper yourself here!
France offers far more than just coastal holidays and beaches.
Inland you have campsites in the Cevenne hillsides and the Ardeche gorges, an area with historic villages and 11th century castles.
Still in the south we once stayed at Lalbrade with its wonderful naturist walks through gorges.
This is in the Lot region, very close to the River Lot.
Further east there are many campsites in the Provence region, famous for being the land of lavender fields amongst the mountains and gorges.
We also know of a lovely French run bed and breakfast in the pretty village of Gordes.
'La Chambre d'Hotes' is ideal for couples looking for a little peace and tranquility.
In Burgundy you will find the totally private villa of Haute L'Oseraie which can sleep up to eight people.
Travelling to and from the South West of England, we find Brittany Ferries by far the most relaxing and convenient way of crossing the channel!
If you live in other parts of the UK and want to travel by ferry then you could well find P&O Ferries more convenient and cheaper!
It may well be that on either the outward or return journey you may want to break the journey. You could do this by staying in one of many reasonable hotels in your French ferry port!
It could well be that you would like the complete independence of a camper van. If so visit this camper van website!
If you are catching a ferry to St Malo why not break your journey and visit Mousehouse a small hideaway only 20 minutes drive from the port, or perhaps escape and stay for a few days.
North of Bordeaux, near Poitiers, you will find the National Park of Brenne which boasts approximately 1000 lakes.
We spent several very enjoyable days at La Petite Brenne, a naturist campsite situated in the park. La Petite Brenne has a wide range of activities and facilities and because of its size it is possible to find a very peaceful pitch.
Further east in the Creuse/Limousin region you will find the family run campsite of Creuse Nature which has one hundred pitches and both an indoor and outdoor pool.
To the west, in the beautiful South Vendee countryside, is the naturist campsite of Le Colombier.
If you wish to be nearer Paris, Heliomonde is situated about 45 minutes away.
There are also campsites and gites in areas such as the Midi Pyrenees, The Rhone-Alps and the Massif Central.
Further south again, in the Minervois region, you have the chance to stay in the secluded, ancient hamlet of Le Linas.
Natustar is a collection of six naturist campsites united by the common theme of naturism in harmony with the natural environment!
In other words, France caters for virtually any type of naturist accommodation from campsites to gites, chateaux to chambre d' hotes (or bed and breakfast), and many activities ranging from kayaking and hiking to just lazing on a beach or by a poolside.
Hence our love affair with France.
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